Peru clinched a 1-0 win over Venezuela in the Copa America on Sunday, striking early in the second half to seal its place in the last eight of the competition.
The result means Peru qualifies from Group B in second place behind host Brazil, along with Colombia and Ecuador. Venezuela was eliminated, finishing bottom after failing to register a win in the group stages.
Ecuador edged above Venezuela in the group by managing to claim a draw in the evening’s other game against regional giant Brazil, which failed to win for the first time in 11 games but still qualified top in the group for the quarterfinals.
Peru’s Andre Carrillo gave his team the lead after 48 minutes, firing high into the net from close range after a corner led to a goalmouth scramble at the empty Mane Garrincha stadium in…